Nico Budel and sec Hayai
Sailing has been Nico’s passion for a lifetime. In the very beginning Nico, married to Myrna and a proud father of five children, sailed with his sons on the lakes of Holland and went with them to Denmark, Norway, Belgium and England. He sailed with young students for many years, including entries in the Fastnet, Ijmuiden (Holland), Lagos (Portugal), Dutch Ijspegel races and others.
Nico has taken part several times in the classic short-handed races such as the AZAB, Round Britain & Ireland, Fastnet and Petit Bateau. In OSTAR 2005 Nico won his IRC class.
At the age of 74 years and still going strong, Nico is a true veteran of the short-handed offshore racing scene.